So wanna know what I do for my own personal therapy these days? Art journaling. I started an art journal a few years back... and it has enhanced my love for art therapy even more- something that I use on a regular basis in my counseling practice.
I have such a love for art journals and I think you should too...okay don't be afraid of the word "art." I know the first thing that you are thinking right now... "but I am not an artist" or "I am far from being creative"- excuses excuses....that is the beauty of this book... it is not meant to be pretty. In fact, the less pretty, the less perfect, the less symmetrical- the better. Think of it not as an "Art Journal" but more of a little Book of Random thoughts...or the "Just Is Journal." Hmmmm still not sure what to call it...I will work on that.
I am going to be walking you through how to create one of these babies...however, I have THREE rules before beginning:
#1. No placing judgement on your
art random book- rid yourself from that inner critic.
#2. No placing judgement on yourself... like saying : "I am not an artist" or "I am not as good as..."
#3. Dare to experiment with color, brushes, fonts, images, stamps- whatever....constantly ask yourself "I wonder what happens when I..." See where it takes you. No pre-planning involved- just all in the moment.
Lastly...Before you begin- you GOT to read the children's book "Beautiful Oops." I am doing a giveaway right now with this book... enter right here. It is amazing and will hopefully rid your fear of your inner critic tell you that you are NOT "an artist"- whatever that means. You are. Everyone is.
Here is list of supplies that I used for these pages and may be helpful to begin a book of_______ (fill in the blank):
Sketchbook with mixed media paper (thicker paper is my fave)
Now go gather supplies...and I will meet you back here next week and get you started!! For now GO to the giveaway for that amazing little book!